Stewart Mercer

Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity


Stewart is Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity at the University of Edinburgh, and a General Practitioner. He entered medicine as a mature student at Bristol University after an early career in basic science including PhD studies at Cambridge University, and post-doctoral research at Oxford University. After qualifying as a GP in 1997, he gained a series of CSO Fellowships to develop research skills in primary care. He was Professor of Primary Care Research at Glasgow University (2008-2018) before joining the Usher Institute in January 2019.

Stewart is the current Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care (since 2014), Adjunct Professor of Primary Care Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (since 2008) and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester (since 2019). He was a Visiting Professor at McMasters University in 2018 and the University of Melbourne in 2012.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Responsibilities at the University of Edinburgh include Co-Convenor of Athena Swan (Deanery of Molecular, Genetics, and Population Health Sciences (from April 2020), Co-Director of Telescot, and Research Lead for the Centre for Homelessness and Inclusive Health. As a core member of the new £20 million Advanced Care Research Centre, Stewart is Deputy Director of the PhD Programme (for CMMV) of the Academy of Leadership and Training, and work-package lead for new models of care.

Research summary

Stewart is recognised internationally for his research on multimorbidity, empathy, and the inverse care law. He is committed to research that includes deprived and under-served communities. He has a particular interest in mental-physical multimorbidity, and non-pharmacological interventions such as mindfulness and compassion-based approaches.

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